Since 2010, the UChicago-based Globus has moved over 400 petabytes of research data. But its vision, “to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of researchers engaged in data-driven science and scholarship through sustainable software,” involves much more than just data transfer. Co-founded by Ian Foster, Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science, Globus enables researchers to share, publish, and discover data, and supports a multitude of science projects internationally, from the Materials Data Facility to Canada’s nationwide research computing network.
Last week at GlobusWorld, the group’s annual meeting in Chicago, Globus team members and current users talked about implementations of the cloud-based software at universities, national laboratories, and across multi-site collaborations. Foster also presented future features under development at the research arm, Globus Labs, and guest speaker Alex Szalay of Johns Hopkins outlined his vision for the Open Storage Network, a project to develop a national distributed storage system for academic data that would utilize Globus.
For a full recap of GlobusWorld 2018, read more from the Computation Institute.